The Cyberabad Police launched a one-of-its-kind expeditious passport verification system with tablet PCs, aimed at reducing the passport verification time from 13 to three days. Inaugurating the system, Cyberabad Commissioner C V Anand said that, under the Rs 16-lakh pilot project, the passport verifying officers would be available online and in sync with the server at the commissionerate.
"With the internet facility available in tabs, Special Branch officers in the field would receive the application forms directly and they can verify them at their level and directly upload them to the Commissioner's office without having to wait for their Friday weekly meetings to submit the hard copies of the verification reports," the Commissioner said.
In the existing set-up, field officers carry out physical verification of the applicants and submit their reports in the prescribed format to the unit office during the next weekend, thereby causing avoidable delay of seven days. The new initiative will cut down the time from 13 days to three days, he reiterated. Regional Passport Officer Ashwini Sattaru said that the Ministry of External Affairs had set a target of issuing 1.25 crore passports and the target could be accomplished only with the aid of newer technologies.